Descendant From a Prominent Texas Family.
Jack Purmatah, Quanah, Sada-techka, Comanches, Loud Talker, Kiowa,
accompanied by H.P. Jones interpreter are at present our guests.
Quanah is the son of a Texas white woman, whose surname, Parker,
is that by which one of the counties of that state is today recognized.
This woman, when a child, was captured by a raiding band of
Comanches. Alienation from home soon bred forgetfulness, and by the time
maturity was reached she had become so inoculated with the habits and practices
of her captors as not to be distinguished from the women of that tribe.
Her identity was almost entirely lost by a union with Put-tark, a Comanche,
by whom she had three children. A few years later the hostile Comanches
raided the Texas border, Put-tark’s wife followed in his wake, when, by
a strange chance of fortune she was recaptured by the whites.
It was not long until the fact of this capture reached
the ears of the surviving brother of the woman’s father.
Impelled by the thought that the captive and his lost
niece might be one and the same, Mr. Parker hastened to Fort Worth in the
hope of proving this identity.
After an interview in which fruitless efforts vere made
on the part of the interpreter to call up some forgotten memory of the
past, Mr. Parker turned away disheartened and disappointed.
Stopping and looking back he said, “I will make one last
throw, we called the little one Cynthia Ann.” Before the interpreter
could speak, the woman bounded upon her feet and striking her breast cried
That we “love our chains” was perhaps never better illustrated
than in this case. Back to those of her own blood she was carried but she
yearned for the people of her adoption.
Gladly would she have sacrificed the ease and comfort of her
life for some word of her boys. This longing wore her life away before
she learned that one had been killed in the raid in which she was taken,
while Quanah lives to advocate progressive measures for the uplifting of
Quanah’s maternal inheritance consists of two leagues of land
granted by the Texas Legislature in recognition of the curious facts of
his history, and also a portrait of his mother which is at present among
the features of the exhibit
of the state of Texas at the New Orleans Exposition.
THE MORNING STAR -or- EADLE KEATAH TOH., February 1885.
Principal Chief Lone Wolf and Judge of the Indian Police Chad-die-kaung-ky,
of the Kiowas, and Comanche Chief Cue-uip, who is a brother-in-law of the
somewhat eminent Indian Quanah Parker of that vicinity, visited the Carlisle
School on their way home from Washington, where they had been to see the
President about the affairs of the tribe. They were accompanied by an interpreter,
Mr. F.W. Woodward. Delos Lone Wolf went with them to Washington. They speak
in highest terms of the way in which they were treated in Washington, and
of the Carlisle Indian School.
MAY 12, 1893 INDIAN HELPER.
On last Friday; Quanah Parker; head chief
of the Comanche Indians of Oklahotie,
Essatite, and Red’ Elk, also chiefs of the
same tribe, arrived from the west. .
Quauah was accompanied by his w’ife.
They were all dressed in citizeijs clothing.
They have long hair and still adhere to the
traditional scalp lock.
Mrs. Parker dresses in basque and Rkirt of
gay colored material. She wears high heeled
shoes: has diamonda on her fiugers ?nd carries
a gold watch. Her hair is cotnbed neatly
back, parted in the middle, and tied at the
back in a Ringle braid with red ribbon.
She speaks no English.
Quanah has tpree children with, us.
Tuesday, Lone Wolf,. chief of the Kiowas,
and Tsa,dle’Konkag, .Judge of th.e Indian
Court of Offenses arrived, making a striking
oompany of representative men of the Indians.
of the south west.
The latter were also dressed ‘in citizen’s
cloth&s, and Lone Wolf has discarded the
scalp lock, and wears short hair.
On Wednesday the entir.e pIrty left *for
Wasblngton, and were accompanibd by Delos
Lone Wolf, son of the Kiowa Cbi&
_1 WMe.at Carlisle the chiefs took a great in-
.-: terest j& examining into the worl&inge ‘of the
._ school and in drawing comparisons bet&e&
y the then of long ago. and now.
On Tti~da$:e&ning -the -school: was called
together and mnsic‘was tenddred,&y the.‘band
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HO dxres tlot follow Truth whero’or Hor fooLstops load, But says. “0
guide not them nor therr, 1 hem nof stren t11 to follow mhoro
nly foot would 72 leed. Rut show me horn ways, trodden Pair By feet
Who fears t,o stand in Truth’s broad glnro, What others dared not.
will oat d:tre,
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there was speech making on the part of the
chiefs, and others.
By way of introduction Captain said:
“Next June, will be 29 years since I metthese
people on tbe Little Washita dowc in the Ind-
He remembered the time and place aud in-
cident very well. As Mr. Standing was au
old frieutl of the chiefs, he having spend his
first years among the Indians in the tribeti
they represent, Captain asked him to make a
few introductory remarks.
Mr. Standing said in @art:
Among the many opportunities that come
to us here that would not come elsewhere is
that of meet@g many of the prominent Indian
chiefs of the dny, from most of the Indian
tribes of the United States.
These men have beoome great in their tribes
by reason of force of character and natural
ability, an@ have by the same means com-
pelled the rkspect of all with whom they
have come i; contact. They have no edu-
&ion, but are intelligent and know bow to
make a good bargain.
One of the strongest educational forces that
hab acted upon the Western portion of the
country they represent has come by Indians
visiting Carl@le and seeing as they could not
see elsewhere the possibilities of education.
We cannot estiniate the good results of these
visits; they arg productive of very great good
to the Tndiaqs as well as the people of the
After a-few minutes.more of very good talk,
i.h relation td the Kiowas and Comanches,
Mr. St&dingintroduced Quanah Packer. He
is not educat’ed in.books but is well versed in
general knowledge and business experience.
The Comau4pee are divided into small barids.
The band wliich Qnanah represents is called
QuabadeAntelbpe Eaters. The other bands
are Buffalo Eaters, Honey Eaters and Root . Eaters. i :,
Contimied on’4th page.
When Chief Quanah Parker was asked if he
werd a Democrat or Republican he replied.;
“J staud up both sides.”
It will be remembered that Quanah Parker’s
mother was a white woman, taken captive
when a child during one of the raids made
down iu Texas by bhe Comanches mauy years
sgo. She grew up as one of the wild Indians
and fiually married an Indiau of the tribe.
When Quanah was quite a little child the
whites recaptured his mother and carried he1
back to her friends and surroundings, but EAR
had been so long with her Indian oapcors that
she had imbibed their spirit and begged to be
taken back to her wild Indian home. Is it not
so that External influences make the man?
Her friends would not take her back and so
she died of a broken heart. With her dying
breath SLP besought them to let her go back
to her Indian husband and children. It is said
that Quanah does not drink anythiug stronger
than coffee. neither will he gamble. He
claims rhat a chieftain occupying the position
be does needs all his mental facultiqs clear 80
that he may wisely govern his people.
From 1st page. ~~
c_ruanah is a rich man, owning 1000 head of
cattle. He lives iu a $6000 house, has 200
head of ponies, and 300 acres of land under
‘l’~enty years ago he bad nothing.
\vhell (Juauah arose he was greeted with
lolld apl)lauee and spoke n-ithout interpreter.
He had expiaiued to Mr. Standing that he
\,~Rs afraid that he would not be understood
in his broken English, but Air. Standiug ask-
et1 the audience to be very still, and all were
very still while Quauah said in part: u “1 not talk English much. I
-I days. I look all at you. I find out
everything good. I come ‘000 miles Rest.
Oklahoma, that’s where I come from. I tele-
graph the C’ommissioner, me wants see my
children. I go down Washington, I tell what
I see here. Government wants open Indian
country, Tndian he no ready Set. You all
Indian like me. Indian DO understand farm.
He don’t know it how tomake homes. That’s
I don’t want to open my country soon.
Snme poor Tudians no ready yet. Nay be half
of it, they ready. That’s what I come for.
That’s what I tell Commissioner.”
We have not space to give the entire speech.
Then Lone Wolf was introduced. Delos, his
son, interpreted. When he began in~the rery
strange Kiowa tongue many of the smaller
children could not refrain from smiling, and
some audibily, which wan not meant for any
disrespect. This lasted but a second, how-
ever, when Delos began wit.11 “He says:
The first thought I wish to present to you is
in a line concerning our business. We are on
our way to Washington tn adjust some matters
concerning our people. Commissioners were
appointed to treat with us. You no doubt
have read of the proceedings. My friends Capt.
Pratt and Mr. Standing have read and know.
The Commissioners saw that the old chiefs
were weak and they made things go their
own way. We found that we will receive ra-
tions only two years, and not half of our peo-
ple are farmers and are not able yet to take
care of themselves. The time is ,too short.
I am doing what I can in my feeble efforts to
help mg people.
We have schools, one a mission school, and
the two Largest are Goverument schools.
We are doing what we can to help the CansE
of education amoug our people. We cannot
help feeling that Carlisle is doing a work that
cannot he co_mpared with any work that if
going forward among the Indians.
The reservat,ion schools have allonred the
children to speak the Indian tongue. Uar-
lisle does not and for that reason Carlisle is
Two years ago when I was here and stood
before you, I said t,hat I could see no differ-
ence between the pale faced children and our
own, and it is because of the work that is go-
ing on here.
I have said time and again, we men are as
childreu. Our children who have learned
the English language are stronger than we
I have seen great buildings hers which the
Indian boys helped to erect. If Iudians can
do these things, Indisns can do anything, [ap-
plause], and I estend the .thanks of my peo-
ple t.o your beloved Ruperinlendent for such
I cannot help feeling that he is a first rate
doctor ; he is giving you good medicine.”
Then Captain wound up the evening with a
few ‘remarks, showing his strong belief in
Lone Wolf’s a&eriion that Indians can learn to
do all that the white man can if they have the
same opportnuity. He (Captain) would have
been as much an Tndian as Lone Wolf had he
been born in Indian surroundings with no’
opportunity or encouragement bo be ot.her-
“Lonewolf cays you look like white people;
it is because you have associatrd wit,h white
people,” said Captain. .
JANUARY 31, 1896 INDIAN HELPER.
Harold Parker is in Washington with his
father, Quanah Parker, chief of the Comanche
MAY 7, 1897 INDIAN HELPER
Two Comanche Chiefs - Quanah Parker and Big Lookingglass, with
William Tivis, class '90, as interpreter, a Kiowa chief, Ah-pea-tone, with
John D. Jackson, Chilocco student as interpreter, and Apache Chief John,
formed an interesting delegation of visitors this week, on their way to
Oklahoma from Washington. Quanah Parker's wife Too-nah-suh was with him.
With the exception of long braided hair which six of them wore the men
were all dressed as civilized people.
Chief Quanah Parker talks better English every time he comes East.
If he would lend himself to study for a few months or a year he could talk
as well as any one.
MAY 14, 1897 INDIAN HELPER.
We see by the Associated Press that Quanah Parker, father of
several of the Parker children with us, was murdered and robbed on Wednesday,
in the South West country. At this writing we have not the particulars
of the horrible deed. The report is denied in a later paper.
AUGUST 6, 1897 INDIAN HELPER
Harold Parker and his two sisters, Needle and Esther,
were called to Washington this week by their father Quanah Parker, Chief
of the Comanches, who is in the Capital City attending to tribal business.
MARCH 25, 1898 INDIAN HELPER
Harold Parker is in Washington visiting his father -
Chief Quanah Parker, of the Comanche tribe.
JUNE 16, 1899 INDIAN HELPER.
Among the distinguished visitors of the week were Chief Quanah
Parker and wife Tu-na-sir, Ah peah-tone, Apache John, John Jackson, Joe
Harry, George Newton, and Ara-rose, all of Anadarko, Indian Territory.
Wanada and Esther Parker came in from their country homes to see their
father, Quanah. The latter said he was satisfied with what Carlisle
was doing for his children. He took his daughter Laura home with
him, to return after a little vacation.
JUNE 23, 1899 INDIAN HELPER
Harold Parker has gone home, to Kiowa and Comanche Agency, Oklahoma,
for the summer. He is the son of Quanah Parker of Southwestern repute.
July 6, 1900 INDIAN HELPER.
AN HISTORICAL ERROR CORRECTED.
A T the Texas State Fair at Dallas, Texas,
recently, when “Quanah Route Day” was being celebrated, Chief Quanah Parker,
one of the most prominent Indian chiefs in the country and a leading citizen
of Oklahoma, was present with his family, and made an address.
Chief Parker availed himself of this opportunity
to correct what he considered an error ‘concerning the historical records
of his people. His address is reported as being delivered in remarkably
good English, and with much eloquence; it showed a high order of intelligence
and was convincing. He told of the real death of his father, Nacona, who
was reported to have been killed
in the battle of Montieto, or Medicine Bluff, between Hardeman and
Cottle Counties. Parker related that Nacona was not killed at this place,
nor at this time, but that it was Nacona’s brother. Nacona died several
years later. Chief Parker is now an old man, who, for many years, has been
a consistent friend of the white man and of civilization. He is paymaster
for the United
States at Cache, Oklahoma.
January 1910 INDIAN CRAFTSMAN.